CT- Jesuit priest named in new lawsuit, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Monday, October 20, 2014
A suspended Connecticut priest has been named in a new lawsuit alleging he abused a young victim at a Haitian school. We applaud the brave victim for coming forward with his abuse.
The lawsuit states that Fr. Paul Carrier and Douglas Perlitz abused a teenager at the Project Pierre Toussaint School in Cap-Haitien. The school is supported by Fairfield University.
Perlitz has been accused dozens of times of child sexual abuse. As far as we can tell this is the first allegation against Fr. Carrier. But Carrier's ties to Perlitz are well known. And Carrier, who now apparently lives at a church facility in Massachusetts, has largely been silent throughout the legal controversy surrounding Perlitz.
We hope anyone else who was abused by either of these men will now find the courage to come forward, speak up, expose wrong doing, and help protect others.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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